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PGE imports coal by sea not only for itself. The sale has started

Only since July this year, Polska Grupa Energetyczna has imported 2 million tons of coal by sea, and by April 30 next year it is planning to import about 1.1 million tons per month – said the president of PGE at a conference at the Port of Gdansk. Coal will protect the company, but it will also be sold to institutional clients and entrepreneurs, as well as the so-called intermediary coal entities, which may be local government units.

Polish Energy Group (a company of the State Treasury), which includes, among others, two heat and power plants in the Tri-City, i.e. in Gdańsk and Gdynia, has undertaken to import coal not only for itself. PGE Paliwa, a company from the PGE Group, has just started selling imported coal to a specific group of recipients – institutional clients (e.g. hospitals, schools, health centers, nursing homes), entrepreneurs who use coal in their professional activities (including farms). or horticultural farms) and coal intermediaries.

– We fulfill our task and start distributing the imported coal. I would like to remind you that PGE Paliwa imports coal only from proven contractors. Each transport is subjected to coal quality control both at the port of origin and at the port of receipt. Coal quality tests are performed by independent, accredited laboratories. Their results are confirmed by a certificate – he informed Wojciech Dąbrowskipresident of the management board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

The president announced the company’s plans at the Port of Gdynia, because it is mainly coal imported by sea. The company has experience in this area. In April 2020, we informed about the arrival in Gdańsk of a record-breaking ship, i.e. the largest so far bulk carrier handled in Polish ports. On board the Agia Trias there was coal from Colombia. It was ordered by the energy concern PGE, incl. to Tri-City CHP plants. This time, the coal also comes mainly from Colombia.


Discounts for energy savers.  Suppliers do not know how to count them
Discounts for energy savers. Suppliers do not know how to count them

How much is coal from PGE?

– The price of fuel coal of the eco-pea / pea or nut type is about PLN 2,100 net plus VAT plus excise duty for entities not covered by the exemption. The price of fine coal is about PLN 1700 net plus VAT plus excise duty for entities not covered by the exemption. The minimum volume of delivery is about 25 tons and a multiple of this amount – informed the PGE authorities.
– I am asking all commune heads and starosts to let municipal companies operating in the country register as an intermediary coal entity. Thanks to this, they will be able to buy coal imported by PGE Paliwa and sell it to the inhabitants of your commune. In this way, you will provide residents with the opportunity to quickly purchase coal for heating purposes – added President Wojciech Dąbrowski.
In June this year. PGE Paliwa contacted 350 heat plants in Poland with information about the possibility of submitting an offer to purchase fuel for heating systems. Additionally, in August this year, the company sent a letter to over 2.8 thousand. local government units, in which it provided information about the possibility of purchasing coal from PGE Paliwa for the needs of local heating plants and combined heat and power plants, and in September this year. reminded about the possibility of registering municipal companies as intermediary coal entities authorized to purchase and sell coal to the inhabitants of the commune.

The fight for coal, i.e. reflexes count

PGE did what it did not do Governmental Agency for Strategic Reserveswhich was going to bring in 300,000 in mid-September. tons of raw material just from Colombia. However, the hired broker did not follow the procedures on time and the coal was shipped to Germany. In this situation, the ordered coal will reach Poland even with a delay of one and a half months.


The ports are getting ready for increased coal handling
The ports are getting ready for increased coal handling

The agency managed to buy 100,000 tons of coal from Kazakhstan under an accelerated procedure. The coal is to be transported by rail to Riga, and from there by ships to Gdańsk. The first with 10,000 tons of coal on board is expected in the next few days.

  • This year, we can expect an increase in coal transshipments.  The data show that the Tri-City ports have potential, because in recent years they have handled less than they could.
  • This year, we can expect an increase in coal transshipments.  The data show that the Tri-City ports have potential, because in recent years they have handled less than they could.

The topic of the role of Polish ports in securing coal supplies has recently appeared in government circles. It was even alleged that the deliveries were hampered by logistical problems at the ports. It should be remembered, however, that it is not the ports that tranship as such, but private companies operating in the areas port. And they, as business entities, feeling the economic situation on the market, do what they can. Coal is ordered not only by government institutions and companies with state participation.

Port companies ready for larger transshipments

At the Port of Gdansk, two companies handle the handling of coal and coke – Port of Gdansk Operation (the only state owned one belonging to the Port of Gdansk) and Sea Investthat is Northern Portwhich specializes in the handling of this goods. Last year, 4.8 million tonnes were transhipped in Gdańsk, but there were years when even 6.8 or 7.2 million tonnes were transhipped. According to the authorities of the Gdańsk port, the terminals are able to reload up to 12 million tons of various types of loose materials, incl. coal and ores. New payroll and storage areas have been organized in the port area for several months. And since last year about 5 million tons were reloaded, we have a stock of about 7 million tons.

In the Port of Gdynia, three terminals handle the transshipment of “black” raw material – HES Gdynia Bulk Terminal, Speed and Baltic Mass Base. For these terminals, it is one of the groups of transhipped goods. Last year, a total of 1.2 million tonnes were transhipped at the Port of Gdynia. The reloading capacity, however, is approx. 3.2 million tons. So there is still a lot of stock. As in Gdańsk, the port authorities decided to secure an additional storage yard.

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